For those of you that don’t remember, Touching the Void first appeared 25 years ago. It’s the true story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates and their incredible survival of a mountaineering trip in the Peruvian Andes that went terribly wrong.
In a world filled with CGI adventures that happen in dystopian fantasy worlds, this is real adventure happening to real people in real time. It is stuffed with very human, actual, life-and-death decisions, that leave readers with long lingering “but what would I have done?” moments to ponder in the wee hours of the night.
Simpson is the author of several books but he recently got into a dust up with his publishers over (no surprise here) e-book royalties. He didn’t feel 25% was sufficient, so he’s going to publish the e-versions of a his works on his own, and to do that he’s created DirectAuthors.com.
Venturing out on one’s own is something a lot of authors, well-known and not, are choosing to do these days. We thought you’d find it interesting to hear from an well-known author, who has had a long-standing good relationship with a publishing house, state his reasons for deciding it was better to eBook on his own.